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Jardin Botanico Lankester

Open Now: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lankester Botanical Garden - Admission Ticket
from US$13.50*
Lankester Botanical Garden - Admission Ticket
from US$13.50*
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“japanese garden”(36 reviews)
“san jose”(11 reviews)
The Lankester Botanical Garden is a research center of the University of costa Rica, created in 1973 due to the international efforts of scientists and conservationists. Our mission is the research of orchids and other epiphytes to preserve our...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| 4 Km. Cartago and Paraiso Road, Nr. Bus Stop, Cartago, Costa Rica
+506 2511 7949
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All reviews japanese garden orchid collection san jose costa rica great variety different species plants and flowers few hours nice collection beautiful garden could have been better picnic lunch different areas gift shop secondary forest entrance fee worth a visit
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Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

We took the recommended trail and spent 45 minutes at this botanical garden which has a good collection of tropical plants, lots of orchids as well as cactus. You have to love plants and have an interest in them to spend time here

Thank Samosababa
Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

It is a very pretty garden, yet one might say that almost the entire country is a pretty garden(?), albeit Lancaster is set up very clean, orderly and calm(?). It was nevertheless very nice to see the very tall bamboos, the orchids and especially (by...More

1  Thank WannaBeObjective
Reviewed December 20, 2017

I spent some time in August, really enjoyed the place. It is perfect for a gentle walk. Very nice spot for pictures on a nature surround.

Thank Epastrana
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

Pretty. This is a decent sized stroll through a park. It is a beautiful place. Not much info regarding what flowers you are looking at. Only takes about 1/2 an hour to walk the park. However if you're big on flowers maybe longer. Kind of...More

1  Thank Embennett08
Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

Took a tour to Irazu Volcano which included this fabulous botanical garden. Built by an individual who donated it to the Costa Rican University in Cartago. Each area has good explanation. A Japanese garden co.plete with coy, waterfalls and bonsais. Botanicals and orchids! Very worthwhile.

Thank Susan S
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

I don't understand why they are charging people $10 if your are not from here. It's not like anything here in Costa Rica is cheap. Their belief is that everybody coming from other countries to visit this country are rich. I've experienced this with other...More

2  Thank Jose M
Reviewed June 22, 2017

The garden belongs to San Jose University. It's in a sorrowful state of neglect. Plants have to compete with weeds. Paths have no signal, or wrong ones. Same plants over and over. No plant identification. Plants are plagued with bugs, fungi. They are GRAY!!! Craving...More

1  Thank Victoria Q
Reviewed June 19, 2017

This is another attraction that charges foreigners twice that what is charged for local visitors. Charging 10USD is not cheap for a botanical garden where you might not be able to see the orchids in bloom. I don't understand why foreigners should pay twice the...More

1  Thank nldogbert
Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

A big variety of native plants. The garden is well planned with a winding trail that takes you through various sections: Orchids, cacti, bromeliads, etc. The only place in Costa Rica where I could see Lotus in bloom. There's a Japanese Garden, which could have...More

Thank Anil A
Reviewed May 21, 2017

Have been to Lancaster 3-4 times over the past 25 yrs and it is at its most beautiful now (in my opinion). The University of Costa Rica is managing it and has put a lot of money into path and planting maintenance. As a botanist/photographer,...More

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December 7, 2015|
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Response from John K | Reviewed this property |
The distance is 40 to 50 miles. The trip would not normally take very long but it depends on the traffic. If you're in a rental car street signs and traffic signs do not exist. You will need to rent a road mate or similar... More
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